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Jeffrey Leving is the nation’s leading Fathers Rights Attorney and offers FREE Family Law advice for Men on SingleDad.com. This month’s topic: A Disabled Dads Request for Primary Custody. Read more.

Ask a Lawyer on
SingleDad: Disabled Dad Custody Request

Jeffrey Leving is the nation’s leading Fathers Rights
Attorney and offers FREE Family Law advice for Men on SingleDad.com. This
month’s topic: A Disabled Dads Request for Primary Custody. Read more.

Question: Disabled
Dad

I recently had to take children from their Mother in fear of
their health and well-being. My ex-spouse is a drug addict and my children were
in danger. I am now going through the court process and have filed for
permanent custody. I am a recovering alcoholic for the past 3 years and I’m
disabled.

My question is this: I am scared that my ex-spouse will use
my past and my disability against me. What are my chances to gain permanent
custody
and keep my children in a safe home environment with me?

disabled dad

Answer from Jeffrey
Leving:

You are in an urgent situation and should immediately
contact an experienced child custody attorney if you haven’t already done
so. I want to applaud you for taking steps to protect your children and
remove them from a dangerous situation. Now it will be up to the court to
decide whether to grant you full custody. The court will likely balance
the fact that you are a responsible and good dad who clearly wants the children
in a safe environment against their mother’s current drug addiction that is
endangering the children. Even if your children’s mother brings up
your disability and that you are a recovering addict, the court should focus on
the present situation and what is in the children’s best interest
now. By emphasizing that you have taken steps toward recovery and
can provide a safe and loving home, the court will be more likely to rule in
your favor. For more information about child custody, please visit me at www.dadsrights.com or call 312-356-DADS.

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